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I have been seeing layered mandalas on Pintrest and I thought they were super pretty.
I just didn’t know what to do with them.
I designed a layered mandala, hung it on my craftroom wall and thought, I needed more to 2 more to complete the look.
Layered mandalas are easier to make then they look so don’t be intimidated by them.
You can get one of these layered mandalas for free or you can buy the set of them.
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- Cardstock- I used 5-6 sheets of Micheals cardstock for each mandala
- Hot glue
- Silhouette, Cricut, or Glowforge
- Sawtooth hanger
I used a Silhouette to cut out the first one I made but I used a Glowforge with the other two because it cuts out faster, you don’t have to pull it off a mat, and the small little cuts come out better.
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Step One- Cut out your mandala
You will first need to cut out your mandala with your machine of choice.
Cut setting for Glowforge-
Focus Height- .01 (be sure to set your focus height because it can really affect the cut)
Cut setting for Silhouette-
I don’t have the cut setting for a Cricut because I don’t use Cricut.
Cut Out Cardboard Squares
I chose to use cardboard as spacers because almost everyone has cardboard. No need to buy any fancy foam spacers.
Cut your cardboard with an exacto knife into squares that are about an inch wide.
If you are lucky enough to have a Glowforge, I used the cut settings
Focus Height- .158 in
Start Layering your Mandala
Arrange the mandala before putting it together. Just to make sure that you don’t glue them together wrong.
Start from the back and work your way up.
Glue the cardboard squares into the corners and one in the middle (After I started putting it together, I decided it needed on in the middle so I never got a picture of it.
Glue the next layer on. Keep layering your pieces with cardboard spacers in between. As I got closer to the top, I had to cut the spacers so you couldn’t see them.
With the very top layer, I didn’t put in the center spacer.
Get your Layered Mandala Ready to Hang
To hang your mandala, glue a sawtooth hanger onto the back with hot glue. Be sure to get it as centered as you can.
And you’re done! Hang your layered mandalas where ever you would like them.